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The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2006 at the Theatre at Madison Square Gardenmarker in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.

Italianmarker Andrea Bargnani was selected selected first overall by Toronto Raptors, who won the draft lottery. He became the second player without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Prior to the draft he was playing with Italian club Benetton Treviso for 3 years. Sixth overall pick Brandon Roy from University of Washington was named Rookie of the Year for the 2006–07 season. Roy was originally drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves but his draft rights was traded to Portland Trail Blazers on draft day. Portland also acquired the draft rights to second overall pick from University of Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge from Chicago Bulls on draft day.

The University of Connecticut had four players selected in the first round, tying the record set by Duke University in 1999 and the University of North Carolina in 2005. These players were Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, and Josh Boone. With Denham Brown also selected in the second round, Connecticut became the first school ever to have five players selected in a two-round draft. Connecticut joined eight other schools that had five players selected in a single draft, second only to the UNLV, who had six players selected in the eight-round 1977 Draft.


The new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) took into effect starting in this year's draft. Under the new agreement, high school players were not eligible for selection. The new rules stated that high school players must wait one year after their high school class graduates and must be at least 19 year old to be eligible for the draft.

The basic requirements for draft eligibility are:
  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1987).
  • Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.

The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U.S. for three years before the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.

The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1984).

A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft. An early entry candidate is allowed to withdraw his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 10 days before the draft. On June 19, 2006, NBA announced that 37 college players and 10 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2006 Draft, while 47 players who had previously declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft.

Draft Lottery

The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the playoffs; the order was determined through a lottery. The lottery would determine the three teams that would obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. On April 20, 2007, the NBA performed a tie-breaker to determine the order of the picks for teams with identical win-loss record.

The 2006 Draft Lottery was held on May 23, 2006 in Secaucus, New Jerseymarker. The Toronto Raptors, who had the fifth-worst record, won the lottery with just 8.8% chance to win. The Chicago Bulls, who acquired the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick from a previous trade, landed the second overall pick. The Portland Trail Blazers who has the best chance to land the top pick fell out of the top three and had to settle with 4th pick. Portland's 4th pick was the lowest possible pick that Portland could obtained through the lottery.

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2006 draft lottery, rounded to 3 decimal places:
^ Denotes the actual lottery results
Team 2005–06
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Portland Trail Blazers 21–61 250 .250 .215 .177 .358^ β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
New York Knicks 23–59 199 .199 .188^ .171 .319 .124 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
Charlotte Bobcats 26–56 138 .138 .142 .145^ .238 .290 .045 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
Atlanta Hawks 26–56 137 .137 .142 .145 .085 .323^ .156 .013 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
Toronto Raptors 27–55 88 .088^ .096 .106 β€” .262 .359 .084 .004 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
Minnesota Timberwolves 33–49 53 .053 .060 .070 β€” β€” .440^ .330 .045 .001 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
Boston Celtics 33–49 53 .053 .060 .070 β€” β€” β€” .573^ .226 .018 .000 β€” β€” β€” β€”
Houston Rockets 34–48 23 .023 .027 .032 β€” β€” β€” β€” .725^ .184 .009 .000 β€” β€” β€”
Golden State Warriors 34–48 22 .022 .026 .031 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .797^ .121 .004 .000 β€” β€”
Seattle SuperSonics 35–47 11 .011 .013 .016 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .870^ .089 .002 .000 β€”
Orlando Magic 36–46 8 .008 .009 .012 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .908^ .063 .001 .000
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38–44 7 .007 .008 .010 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .935^ .039 .000
Philadelphia 76ers 38–44 6 .006 .007 .009 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .960^ .018
Utah Jazz 41–41 5 .005 .006 .007 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” .982^


Andrea Bargnani, the 1st pick of the Toronto Raptors
Tyrus Thomas, the 4th pick of the Portland Trail Blazers traded to the Chicago Bulls
Brandon Roy, the 6th pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves traded to the Portland Trail Blazers
Redick, the 11th pick of the Orlando Magic
Rajon Rondo, the 21st pick of the Boston Celtics
Jordan Farmar, the 26th pick
= All-Star
Players in bold have been named to at least one All-NBA Team.
G Guard F Forward C Center
 Round Pick  Player  Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Andrea Bargnani F Toronto Raptors Benetton Treviso (Italy) 1985
1 2 LaMarcus Aldridge F Chicago Bulls (from New York, traded to Portland) Texas So.
1 3 Adam Morrison F Charlotte Bobcats Gonzaga Jr.
1 4 Tyrus Thomas F Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Chicago) LSU Fr.
1 5 Shelden Williams F Atlanta Hawks Duke Sr.
1 6 Brandon Roy G Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Portland) Washington Sr.
1 7 Randy Foye G Boston Celtics (traded to Minnesota via Portland) Villanova Sr.
1 8 Rudy Gay F Houston Rockets (traded to Memphis) Connecticut So.
1 9 Patrick O'Bryant C Golden State Warriors Bradley So.
1 10 Mouhamed Sene F Seattle SuperSonics Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium) 1986
1 11 J. J. Redick G Orlando Magic Duke Sr.
1 12 Hilton Armstrong C New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Connecticut Sr.
1 13 Thabo Sefolosha G Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Chicago) Angelico Biella (Italy) 1984
1 14 Ronnie Brewer G Utah Jazz Arkansas Jr.
1 15 Cedric Simmons F New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (from Milwaukee) North Carolina State So.
1 16 Rodney Carney F Chicago Bulls (traded to Philadelphia) Memphis Sr.
1 17 Shawne Williams F Indiana Pacers Memphis Fr.
1 18 Oleksiy Pecherov C Washington Wizards BC Kyiv (Ukraine) 1985
1 19 Quincy Douby G Sacramento Kings Rutgers Jr.
1 20 Renaldo Balkman F New York Knicks (from Denver via New Jersey and Toronto) South Carolina Jr.
1 21 Rajon Rondo G Phoenix Suns (from L.A. Lakers via Boston and Atlanta, traded to Boston) Kentucky So.
1 22 Marcus Williams G New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Clippers via Orlando and Denver) Connecticut Jr.
1 23 Josh Boone F New Jersey Nets Connecticut Jr.
1 24 Kyle Lowry G Memphis Grizzlies Villanova So.
1 25 Shannon Brown G Cleveland Cavaliers Michigan State Jr.
1 26 Jordan Farmar G Los Angeles Lakers (from Miami) UCLA So.
1 27 Sergio RodrΓ­guez G Phoenix Suns (traded to Portland) Adecco Estudiantes (Spain) 1986
1 28 Maurice Ager G Dallas Mavericks Michigan State Sr.
1 29 Mardy Collins G New York Knicks (from San Antonio) Temple Sr.
1 30 Joel Freeland F Portland Trail Blazers (from Detroit via Utah) Gran Canaria (Spain) 1987
2 31 James White G Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Indiana) Cincinnati Sr.
2 32 Steve Novak F Houston Rockets (from New York) Marquette Sr.
2 33 Solomon Jones F Atlanta Hawks South Floridamarker Sr.
2 34 Paul Davis C Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte) Michigan State Sr.
2 35 P. J. Tucker F Toronto Raptors Texas Jr.
2 36 Craig Smith F Minnesota Timberwolves (from Boston) Boston College Sr.
2 37 Bobby Jones F Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Philadelphia) Washington Sr.
2 38 Kosta Perović F Golden State Warriors Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 1985
2 39 David Noel F Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston) North Carolina Sr.
2 40 Denham Brown G Seattle SuperSonics Connecticut Sr.
2 41 James Augustine F Orlando Magic Illinois Sr.
2 42 Daniel Gibson G Cleveland Cavaliers (from Philadelphia) Texas So.
2 43 Marcus Vinicius F New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Objetivo SΓ£o Carlos (Brazil) 1984
2 44 Lior Eliyahu F Orlando Magic (from Milwaukee via Cleveland, traded to Houston) Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel) 1985
2 45 Alexander Johnson F Indiana Pacers (traded to Memphis via Portland) Florida State Jr.
2 46 Dee Brown G Utah Jazz (from Chicago via Houston) Illinois Sr.
2 47 Paul Millsap F Utah Jazz Louisiana Tech Jr.
2 48 Vladimir Veremeenko F Washington Wizards Dynamo St. Petersburg (Russia) 1984
2 49 Leon Powe F Denver Nuggets (traded to Boston) California Jr.
2 50 Ryan Hollins C Charlotte Bobcats (from Sacramento) UCLA Sr.
2 51 Cheick Samb C Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Detroit) WTC CornellΓ  (Spain) 1984
2 52 Guillermo Diaz G Los Angeles Clippers Miami Jr.
2 53 Yotam Halperin G Seattle SuperSonics (from Memphis) Union Olimpija (Slovenia) 1984
2 54 Hassan Adams G New Jersey Nets Arizona Sr.
2 55 Ejike Ugboaja F Cleveland Cavaliers Union Bank Lagos (Nigeria) 1985
2 56 Edin BavčiΔ‡ F Toronto Raptors (from Miami via Boston and New Orleans/Oklahoma City, traded to Philadelphia) ASA BH Telecom (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 1984
2 57 Loukas Mavrokefalidis C Minnesota Timberwolves (from Phoenix) PAOK (Greece) 1984
2 58 J. R. Pinnock G Dallas Mavericks (traded to L.A. Lakers) George Washington Jr.
2 59 Damir Markota F San Antonio Spurs (traded to Milwaukee) Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) 1985
2 60 Will Blalock G Detroit Pistons Iowa State Jr.

Notable undrafted players

The following players went undrafted in the draft although they were eligible for the draft. However, the following players have earned a full-year contract with the NBA teams for the following season.

Trades involving draft picks

Draft-day trades

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.

  • Boston acquired the draft rights to 49th pick Leon Powe from Denver in exchange for a 2007 second-round draft pick.

Pre-draft trades

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.

  • On July 15, 2005, New Jersey acquired Philadelphia's 2005, Denver's 2006 and L.A. Clippers' 2006 first-round draft picks from Denver in exchange for Kenyon Martin. Previously, Denver acquired L.A. Clippers' 2006 first-round draft pick and Don Reid on August 1, 2002 from Orlando in exchange for a 2004 second-round draft pick. Previously, Orlando acquired a first-round draft pick on June 28, 2006 from the L.A. Clippers in exchange for Corey Maggette, Derek Strong, the draft rights to Keyon Dooling, a 2000 second-round draft pick and cash considerations. New Jersey used the 22nd pick to draft Marcus Williams.

  • On June 28, 2005, Portland acquired Detroit's 2006 first-round draft pick, the 6th and 27th pick in 2005 from Utah in exchange for the 3rd pick in 2005. Previously, Utah acquired a 2006 first-round draft pick and Elden Campbell on January 21, 2005 from Detroit in exchange for Carlos Arroyo. Portland used the 30th pick to draft Joel Freeland.

  • On February 23, 2006, Cleveland acquired a 2006 second-round draft pick and Lee Nailon from Philadelphia in exchange for a conditional 2006 second-round draft pick. The conditional 2006 second-round draft pick was not exercised by Philadelphia. Cleveland used the 42nd pick to draft Daniel Gibson.

  • On September 30, 2003, Utah acquired Houston's 2004 first-round draft pick, Chicago's 2005 and 2006 second-round draft picks, Glen Rice and cash considerations from Houston in exchange for John Amaechi and Sacramento's 2004 second-round draft pick. Previously, Houston acquired 2005 and 2006 second-round draft picks on September 28, 2000 from Chicago in exchange for Bryce Drew. Utah used the 46th pick to draft Dee Brown.




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